Christopher Lowery comments

Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

I have much respect for Koike, she stood up for one of the largest cities in the world, and no matter the outcome, it was good of her, and her responsibility to state what she felt was right. However, it's just that the data wasn't on her side this time. Peace on the seven seas.

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Posted in: Climbers rush to beat ban on Australia's iconic rock Uluru See in context

I think the Uluru Site is beautiful.

It's:

(The Anangu refer to tourists as munga, their word for ants. )

that I take issue with. And the whole curse accusations.

That just seems biased and make people look very close minded.

Tourists should respect community wishes but the community also must be a respecter of persons from all nations as well.

Remember, that rock was here before you and will be once your long gone, so it's not really yours anyway, you might say you belong to it, more than it belongs to you.

So let people enjoy it's beauty safely but in a manner that suits them, not you. Besides, it also brings in capital, and that's good too. Peace

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Posted in: Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort See in context

@Norman@ah_so

Well, it seems there is always something to learn as you go down the rabbit hole of debate. But that's a good thing. It seem there is a possibility of emolument, but we'll let the courts deal with that,

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-hosting-g7-miami-doral-could-violate-constitution-2019-10

340million is of a lot of money.

However, I have no vitriol so I go in to all the expenses the obamas

Ex. 1 https://www.newsweek.com/obama-administration-travel-costs-114-million-trump-723883

Ex. 2 https://www.newsweek.com/obama-administration-travel-costs-114-million-trump-723883

Even as the ex pres. He's costing ,

Ex.3 https://nypost.com/2017/09/01/obamas-the-most-expensive-ex-president-for-taxpayers/

Or Michelle during The Obama Presidency:

Ex.4 https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/671575/289

You see? We can play this game All day long. However, I personally think this is a good conversation to have, we just to remember to tell the whole story, before we make up our minds as what's what. Don't you think?

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Posted in: Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort See in context

Oh for goodness sake, the man takes a minimum of 1 USD for salary.

You can what you want about his business dealings etc. , but you can't say he is filling his pockets.

So you couldn't give him the contract? It's not like it would go into his pocket, he would have charged 'at cost' meaning he wouldn't have made a cent in profit.

Yes, the man is rich. But this wasn't going to make him any richer. And the international community would have enjoyed it much more. Sounds more like jealousy to me.

Peace.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

I still don't understand why they do not freeze the water. As long as they made sure it could remain frozen, they could build hightech facilities underwater to store it. All those scientists can't figure a way to do it?

Peace.

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Posted in: British lawmakers prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay See in context

Is it just me, or does it feel like this whole Brexit idea is something that surprised everyone, but in the end will come to crashing end under a mountain of bureaucracy?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment service to end in Sept due to weak security See in context

Cashless payment systems seem to be quite new in Japan. I actually think they good to save money, as there will be no change left in ones pocket. But security does seem to be an issue. Maybe more a two tier ID check is needed. It would be a little time consuming, but anything connected to cash or identification should be managed with extreme caution, security, and confidentiality. I think Line pay does a good job. And PayPay is good as well. But too many systems will flood the market and make things unsafe. I hope the companies realize this and invest in some of the more established systems already online. It would be better for the costumer. Peace.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context

"She is right to think that we should be going for a deal, not no deal," Johnson said. "If our partners won't move, won't take out the backstop, won't even begin to change that Withdrawal Agreement, they won't compromise at all then of course we have got to get ready for no deal."

This is the real heart of it all, laid out for everyone to see. The question is, who will compromise? I think it will be the EU. I think they have more to lose than they care to admit. Peace.

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Posted in: U.S. willing to hold 3-way talks with Japan, S Korea next week See in context

Yes, it looks like South Korea did not foresee these circumstances. However, being a western Ally, they must have been warned many times in the past, not to put there trust in any arrangements dealing in natural resources when dealing with Iran. Their rates must have been very very, inexpensive. But now the real rent has come due. Peace.

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Posted in: U.S. willing to hold 3-way talks with Japan, S Korea next week See in context

I hope the the U.S. does mediate between South Korea and Japan. But I'm pretty sure both Japan and The U.S. will be on the same page. South Korea needs to stop trading with Iran.

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https://thediplomat.com/2019/06/the-price-of-us-iran-tensions-for-south-korea/

https://tradingeconomics.com/south-korea/exports-to-iran

https://theiranproject.com/blog/tag/iran-south-korea-trade/

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Posted in: 37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in U.N. letter See in context

The way I understand it is that socialist ideas will never work, ever without becoming authoritarian because at the end of the day to get all those wonderful programs off the ground, free medical, free school, etc. Some conglamorate of entities or individuals or a government will have to foot that bill. And eventually the bill will come due, and the ones who have the most invested will want a payout of some kind, and if they can't get it outright, their gonna get by some sort of authoritarian method. Is there anything to critique here? Honestly, I welcome it, peace.

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Posted in: EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision See in context

@rlperez@hotmail.com.au

In this day and age, there are many who have disagreements with U.S. policy, and their reasons are various. However, the point is that the policies are laid bare for the whole world to see, to be either endorsed or rebuked.

Not so with Iran. Every policy his secretly discussed and endorsed and such and then the Iran's supreme religious leader has to give the final approval.

https://www.voanews.com/world-news/middle-east-dont-use/how-irans-government-works

No 'real' public debate, no fourth estate to criticize and critique.

I mean look at the situation right now. Iran is actually trying to hold Europe hostage.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/u-s-calls-for-international-response-to-iran-s-nuclear-blackmail-/30004948.html

Now that right there, that's dangerous.

No, on this one Europe is right, they shouldn't be blackmailed. And Iran needs to come out of the shadows Peace.

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Posted in: EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision See in context

I think it would behoove us all to think of Iran's future. Who will their religios leader who also decides everything in Iran socially internationally and also militarily, be after the present one has left this Earth?

No one knows,

and yet it is still ok letting have nukes and weapons grade plutonium?

Iran's future is so uncertain I can't believe we would be sure of anything to do with them. Oil, war, nukes, social or political statuses etc. I mean what exactly are their true core interest?

So yes, they neesd to not turn back but run back, and no, they should not have nuclear capabilities until they have some sort of clear vision for the future. That the whole world knows about. Who can blame Europe for they're stance on this one? Nobody, and they are right in their request. Peace.

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Posted in: Anybody want a bear? See in context

I think what Hanyu does with the bears is cool. I only take issue with the fact they only show that kind of enthusiasm for Hanyu. It would have been great if fans through more flowers and gifts for all the athletes. Figure skating is such a difficult enterprise. They all deserve respect and a certain amount of tribute for their efforts. Then they could have all had the chance to donate their gifts to orphans and the like, it would be so nice.

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Posted in: N Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdown See in context

Honestly, I think Kim Jong Un is a captive man. Captive to his past, and his present. And I think this captiveness is enough to completely devour N Korea's future. And send us all plunging into war.

I don't think he's strong enough to see past Himself. I think his generals and his propaganda chief control him, and China/Russia control them.

But, that's not their fault. Kim is weak. He's scared of China, he's scared of Russia, and he's obviously scared of the U.S.

On top of that, they still think they can hide from our satilites.

But I digress.

The U.S. China and Russia are only doing what's in the best interest of their country. In fact, the only person at the table who is not acting in the best interest of their country is Kim Jong Un. If he did the world would be a little different I think.

Nukes will not keep him or his nation safe, even if they work, which they probably don't. And if he sells the tech he's exporting death.

He really needs to look around. The world is a beautiful place, worth investing in. He should take the olive branch this time.

And if it costs him his life, so be it, he would die a man and a hero I say.

And that's got to be better than the thousand deaths he dying right now. Peace.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context

@happythere

Yes, that said, I mean with the US-Japan trade deal, and Japan's currency issue on the table as well, (that you would think would be enough to make any nation stop and assess things) so it seems to me even more reason to 'just walk' right now and see how all these things play themselves out. Seems to be the most prudent thing to right now, to see how earnest China and Russia are at this point. Only time will tell. Peace.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context

I think Prime Minister Abe really needs to reflect on what Japan really needs, and then take a hint from Trump when he said

" Sometimes you just have to walk."

But in the meantime the future is bright I think, and I'm sure somewhere down the line Japan, Russia, and China will be able to find some common ground and come to some arrangement, there shouldn't be a rush in these things.

Perhaps the best things to focus on are what each party's limits are at this time, and to stand firm there.

I think this would benefit Japan more than any hasty agreement or meddling with Japan-US relations even in the least.

I think Abe needs to just step back and wait see how the trade agreements work out between US-China, and how the arms-control situation between US-Russia turns out. It seems to me Both China and Russia have bigger issues to deal with, and in the future it could benefit Japan. So right now their best move is to state their position, there wishes, and their limits at this point and to take a step back and wait. Or 'just walk' for now.

Peace.

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Posted in: Apple cuts forecast, citing weak China sales amid trade tensions See in context

Today  05:32 pm JST

I think if he's going to blame China, he needs to blame Apple as well. I mean look, Apple decided to move to China right? For a many number of reasons. But look, do you think Chinese consumers are ignorant? One of the true selling points of Apple is that it's an or was an 'American' product. That had appeal along with the the tech. But in this age tech can be copied, in fact Apple all but handed over the keys to the kingdom to the Chinese Government all to be able to do business in China. So now they have a product that pretty much Chinese, execpt for the name given by it's founder. And then what do they do? They price themselves right out of the market, thinking Chinese companies or others couldn't compete, wrong move. I mean sure you may have image or the trend, but as they are now finding out the hard way; trends change faster than light in China, and it should, and Apple has no answers or innovative ideas to counter it, and if it did, it would be taken by the Chinese Government and given to Huawei it some other company.

The direction of Apple is appalling frankly and I give respect to China for taking what Apple was giving, Apple honestly thought they had the upper hand with China. But China is way to quick to to let profit slip from its fingers.

Now that said, I love Apple products, with video and audio they are second to none and always will be, but Apple needs to quickly reconfigure it's buisness in China entirely if hopes to get back on top, starting with a little humility and pricing in my opinion. Peace

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Posted in: Apple's bombshell and the trillion-dollar question See in context

I think if he's going to blame China, he needs to blame Apple as well. I mean look, Apple decided to move to China right? For a many number of reasons. But look, do you think Chinese consumers are ignorant? One of the true selling points of Apple is that it's an or was an 'American' product. That had appeal along with the the tech. But in this age tech can be copied, in fact Apple all but handed over the keys to the kingdom to the Chinese Government all to be able to do business in China. So now they have a product that pretty much Chinese, execpt for the name given by it's founder. And then what do they do? They price themselves right out of the market, thinking Chinese companies or others couldn't compete, wrong move. I mean sure you may have image or the trend, but as they are now finding out the hard way; trends change faster than light in China, and it should, and Apple has no answers or innovative ideas to counter it, and if it did, it would be taken by the Chinese Government and given to Huawei it some other company.

The direction of Apple is appalling frankly and I give respect to China for taking what Apple was giving, Apple honestly thought they had the upper hand with China. But China is way to quick to to let profit slip from its fingers.

Now that said, I love Apple products, with video and audio they are second to none and always will be, but Apple needs to quickly reconfigure it's buisness in China entirely if hopes to get back on top, starting with a little humility and pricing in my opinion. Peace

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Posted in: Japan protests over China's unapproved maritime survey See in context

I agree with peter10. Japan needs to devlop it's most southern tip. Convert it to whatever you like, a survey station, a fishing harbor, anything would do at this point, the same can be said for the Senkaku Islands.

If not you can hardly blame the Chinese for taking these actions. They want to expand, those rocks are there, and the undersea resources with them. It's just matter of attrition.

But If Japan is claiming those rocks and islands, they need to physically claim those rocks and islands. The times are quicky moving along now, and diplomatic and retorical arguments will no longer be able to keep things balanced in my opinion. Peace.

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Posted in: Mayweather stops Nasukawa in 1st round, flooring him 3 times See in context

I think Insane Wayne got it right.

Bur how did it happen? This was the fun part for me to see. He actually pulled a Musashi vs. Kojiro tactic.

For anyone not in the Know, it can be said that Musashi took advantage of Kojiro's impatient tempermant. And so on the day of battIe made Kojiro wait on the shores of Ganrujima, (a small island) till the very last minute. And really took his time upon arriving. All feeding Kojiro's ill tempermant towards this type of behavior. Thus giving him the advantage.

This is textbook as to what Mayweather did to not only Tenshin, but Rizin as well. He even made Tenshin re-wrap his gloves once he arrived only 15 min till match time. That must have been very upsetting for the Tenshin team.

That added to his relaxed demeanor as well as deep experience ended this match before the bell rang. No Ali/Inoki happening on thiss night, Just a sweet payday for Mayweather, and a chance for Tenshin and his team to reflect on all the things they need to improve on. It will be interesting to see Tenshin's next fight. Peace.

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Posted in: China, Japan pledge to forge closer ties at 'historic turning point' See in context

I think is great that Japan is trying to help it's self. But remember China has a master plan that by 2050 they will be the top economic and military super power. You don't become that by creating win-win situations in trade or diplomacy with too many others. And China never forgets. Peace.

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Posted in: 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76 See in context

A wonderful voice, a wonderful vision for music, and from all I ever knew of her, a wonderful person. Heaven has another great voice for the choir.

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Posted in: Iran's top leader says there will be no talks with U.S. See in context

Why did People go along with it? Usually because of the profit involved. Why else? That's nothing out mainstream thought I think.

Now as for Why the reneging? Because it's not about profit, it's about the protection of the U.S. and its allies.

You think Iran only has the next ten years planned out? Think not. Try the next hundred, or even the next thousand. Iran may not open up negotiations, ever.

They don't care about the next 6 six years. They have probably written it off, and will try to just weather the storm.

The issue with that is these are not ancient times and the world doesn't go at the speed of Iran, but of the U.S. and if they don't come to the table, they may not have a country in the next 6 to ten years either let alone the next hundred or thousand. Peace.

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Posted in: Department store removes wine imported from Golan Heights after protests See in context

The wine we carry is all authorized by the Japanese government, so I don't see why it has to be discriminated against," said Hongo.

Great point.

Daimaru may have made a very hasty decision. And did not make think about in a professional manner

What do customer service want?

What will the impact be on customer base(society)?

Is there profit to be made by taking a product off the shelves?

If a product is good, viable, profitable, and in demand, you need to sell it, or else why are you in business in the first place?

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Posted in: U.S. isolated at G7 meeting as tariffs prompt retaliation See in context

U.S. Tariffs are some of the lowest in the world.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/22/u-s-tariffs-are-among-the-lowest-in-the-world-and-in-the-nations-history/

These nation's need to stop this complaining and grasping of the status quo in order to keep there pockets filled, and do the right thing by the U.S. Peace.

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Posted in: S Korea says N Korea committed to 'complete' denuclearisation, summit with Trump See in context

I don't know where anyone gets off saying that my president shouldn't get credit for anything yet. Has it been forgotten that 2 very historical things have already been accomplished. 1. Three Americans have been returned to U.S. soil from N.K. and 2. 1 nuclear facility has been destroyed. That was done through very brunt diplomacy 7…

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Posted in: Study says Fukushima radioactive water continues to flow into sea See in context

It has always been a question to me, ever since the idea of an ice wall was was put forward and hope I get the answer to this. They can make frozen wall, but they can't just freeze the the radioactive water in these containers?

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Posted in: Are Trump, Tillerson 'good cop,' 'bad cop' to N Korea? See in context

I don't think good cop /bad cop will work in this era. I mean if had a bunch of reporters telling me everything that the other side was thinking , I wouldn't bother to negotiate either. No, It won't be world governments that bring catastrophe in this one, more than likely it will be the media. It really has no clue as to how much harm it can cause in these situations. Or worse, it may not even care.

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Posted in: No. of foreign part-timers at convenience stores rising See in context

Anytime I recognize another foriegner behind the counter at a convince store, I have nothing but respect for them. I Know they worked so hard to get that position. I'm happy for them. And as a westerner I know I got no excuses. They probably speak 3 different languages, more than one degree, and I just think, 'I gotta work harder'. Any forienger who is pressing ahead in Japan no matter what and doing it with the law in mind, I got nothing but love for you. And marriage is lawful. You need more courage than you could ever imagine to walk that walk, so please don't be too critical.

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